The West Euston Time Bank was set up by local residents and became a registered charity in December 2005. Its development was supported by the Third Age Project and the West Euston Partnership with Abbey (now part of Santander) being our first major funder. 2015 sees us celebrate our 10th anniversary as an independent registered charity one of the first of its kind in the UK.
Since then the Time Bank has gone from strength to strength and currently has 231 adult members and over 300 children that take part in and help us deliver many vital community services, social activities and events such as our after school and homework clubs, basic skills workshops, , a new Tuesday Club, English Conversation Clubs, intergenerational projects and a major family activities programme during the school holidays.
We moved to a new small community centre – The H Pod- in November 2006 that has now become our main base. We also run several partnership projects; Building Resilience in Families & Children with the London Borough of Camden, Family Activities Programmes with the Wellcome Trust, many intergenerational projects with the Third Age Project, Creative crafts & textiles with the British Museum supported by the Mary Ward Centre, ESOL and English conversation with the Working Men’s College, Jewellery-Making with the Workers Educational Association.
We have a core staff team of three people; two part-time paid workers and one voluntary (unpaid) manager who report to a voluntary committee of management of 10 elected members that meet bi monthly to oversee the running of the Time Bank.
Shahanara Begum is our part-time Broker who is responsible for general administration, the smooth running of the Time Bank Office and matching members and prospective members with volunteering opportunities.
Shamoli Mostafa is our part-time development worker who is responsible for the afterschool clubs and school holiday Family Activities Programmes as well as developing new projects.
Tony Bloor is our voluntary (unpaid) manager and Company Secretary.
The 11th Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on Thursday 29th October 2015 at the H Pod. An AGM is an important annual event that is a requirement in our constitution and as a registered charity and company limited by share guarantee. The following items were discussed at this open members session:
The accounts for the financial year April 2014 to March 2015 prepared by our Independent Examiner, Bruce Jones from Ramon Lee & Partners were presented and approved. These were then signed by Rathna Begum (chair) and Arefa Tajzai (vice-chair) on behalf of the committee to be sent to Bruce Jones for countersigning with copies then made available to the Charity Commission, Companies House, our principal funders. A copy of our latest accounts can be downloaded from our web site.
As required by our constitution one third of the committee stands down each year in rotation. The new Committee for 2015/2016 are the following:
A review of the previous year was discussed with highlights identified. Time bank had again increased its membership including attracting new members from groups that had been under represented in the past. The AGM was immediately followed by a lovely meal with an assortment of food from around the world prepared by the community café group and time bank members. This was followed by a well attended Eid Party where time bank members and guests showed off their talents and demonstrated what they had learnt over the year.
West Euston - a friendly and peaceful neighbourhood where people want to live, where everyone is valued and respected, and where people of all ages, background and circumstances reach their full potential.
West Euston Time Bank's mission is to bring people together in neighbourly co-operation through the exchange of time, skills and knowledge and the provision of activities to build skills, trust and a sense of wellbeing for individuals, families and the wider community.